KISS Shirts, Makeup, Wigs, KISS Spuds and Other Kollectibles Coming to Entertainment and Halloween Aisles
KISS fans ready for the new SONIC BOOM CD/DVD release Oct. 6 can own a piece of KISStory when Walmart stores unveil “KISS Korners” in Electronics departments and Halloween aisles in October. Stores will offer in special areas KISS T-shirts, wigs, makeup, limited edition KISS M&M candies, and even KISS Mr. Potato Head spuds of all four band members through Halloween.
For Detroit City Rockers and beyond, the exclusive KISS CD/DVD package, SONIC BOOM, and KISS kollectibles will be available in all Walmart stores nationwide. Select items, including the MP3 digital album, will be available at Walmart.com. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER KISS’ SONIC BOOM for $12.
“To complement this highly-anticipated music release, we are excited to bring a unique store experience with KISS merchandise at an unbeatable value for fans of all ages,” said Greg Hall, vice president of Media Services, Walmart U.S. “It has been both fun and an honor to work with the band and celebrate with fans the new music release and album tour.”
Items will arrive upon the Oct. 6 release and include:
— KISS SONIC BOOM CD/DVD package
— KISS T-shirts– Four select KISS Mr. Potato Head kollectibles (The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and The Starchild)
— KISS fleece blanket
— KISS M&M candies (7 oz. bags – Limited Edition) — KISS catalog CDs such as Dress to Kill, Destroyer, Love Gun and Very Best of KISS
— KISS makeup kits, masks and wigs (2200 select Walmart stores)
Cyber rockers POWERMAN 5000’s new album, Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere, is finally hitting stores this week. The collection finds the band returning to the hard groove of their earlier work which included hits like “When Worlds Collide” and “Nobody’s Real.” “We made this record with a clear vision and a purpose,” explains frontman, Spider. “We wanted to reclaim a sound we created and represent certain influences as only a band like Powerman 5000 can.
While writing, we would watch ‘Godzilla’ or ‘Ultraman’ films to ensure the sonics were on point. We knew that this record needed to sound like the footsteps of a giant robot!”
“On the surface, this album is a big fun electro metal romp…though there are bigger concepts hidden within. A quote from HG Wells sums it up best, he said, ‘Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature.’ That is an ongoing theme in the songs, our inability to find a place in our own world. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I finally feel like we have made a record that not only is exactly wanted we wanted it to be, but also a record that the fans are going to love!”
The band has released 2 singles from the new album so far, “Super Villain” and “V Is For Vampire,” and recently filmed a video for the latter with horror film director Robert Hall.
Check out Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere, in its entirety, below and pick up your copy here!
OUR LADY PEACE–Raine Maida (vocalist), Duncan Coutts (bass), Jeremy Taggart (drums), Steve Mazur (guitar)—will be kicking off a U.S. headlining tour starting October 19 in Solana Beach, CA to promote their seventh studio album, BURN BURN, which was released July 21 via Coalition Entertainment (Records) through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group. While the trek is set to conclude October 31, more dates are being added throughout the rest of the year.
The album, which debuted at #41 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart, has already produced a hit single with “All You Did Was Save My Life,” thanks to heavy rotation at four different formats: Alternative, Top 40, Triple A and Active. The video stars fellow Canadian, Shenae Grimes, of “90210” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation” fame.
“The End Is Where We Begin” is the second single is now being serviced to radio and has recently been added to stations nationwide including KDGE/Dallas, KTBZ/Houston, WKRK/Cleveland, KRBZ/Kansas City, WPBZ/West Palm Beach and WGRD/Grand Rapids. A video for the song will make its premiere in the next couple of weeks.
Primarily self-produced in lead singer Raine Maida’s Los Angeles home studio, BURN BURN marks the longest period between studio albums for Our Lady Peace. It also signifies a sonic and philosophical rebirth. The band now enjoys a creative and professional freedom that they haven’t experienced since the release of their now classic debut. “I think about the way we made NAVEED,” Maida recalls. “We were just starting, we knew nothing about the business and we had no expectations. It was four guys in a room just trusting their instincts. We went back to that. ‘Liberating’ doesn’t really even sum it up.”
BURN BURN is a triumphant return to what Maida terms “a proper, mature rock album,” steeped in the kind of raw intensity that drove their early material. Blinding rays of anthemic light make way to the tender poise and precision of a band that was looking for a way out and found a satisfying new way in.
Our Lady Peace’s live show is as good as it’s ever been and was on display during July’s sold-out shows in New York City and Los Angeles that had Billboard gushing, “OLP proved their readiness as arena-worthy superstars during the opening night of the Canadian act’s U.S. tour.” The performance in Los Angeles left the Troubadour none-too-pleased with the damage OLP incurred. Maida victoriously climbed up to walls to the second floor during “All You Did Was Save My Life,” leaving a heap of destruction in his wake. A fan caught the stunt on video and it can be seen below.
The album has been racking up rave reviews since the album’s release:
“…a nice return to the soaring rock they made their name on. Lead singer Raine Maida sounds more mature than ever – mostly forsaking his once eye-popping falsetto – and brings a poetic touch to his tales of everyday struggle and hope…Often praised for their energetic live show, OLP keeps the anthemic tracks flowing with ‘The End Is Where We Begin,’ ‘Escape Artist,’ ‘Refuge,’ and the blistering ‘White Flags.’ Check This Track Out: ‘Monkey Brains’ is a manic blast of energy that features a – dare I say it – Iron Maiden-influenced effort by bassist Duncan Coutts.”
–John Kosik, Associated Press
“Fingerprints of the band’s past are all over it, from the frantic basslines and guitar blasts found on the eccentric ‘Monkey Brains’ to stripped-down rocker ‘White Flags’…the soaring, piano-driven ‘Never Get Over You’ is proof that singer Raine Maida can still write a killer ballad.”
–Evan Lucy, Billboard
“…the slower moments are anthemic rather than sappy and the fist-pumping rockers are infused with righteousness and not mirth, with the two extremes tied together with an earthbound spaciness that splits the difference between U2 and Coldplay.”
–Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
“…a bombastic rock record…”
–Mike Schiller, Popmatters.com
Check out Our Lady Peace at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Mon 10/19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
Tue 10/20 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Wed 10/21 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse Music Venue
Thu 10/22 Las Vegas, NV Rio Hotel & Casino
Sat 10/24 Houston, TX The Woodlands Pavillion
Sun 10/25 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Tue 10/27 Johnson City, TN Electric Cowboy
Thu 10/29 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Fri 10/30 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Sat 10/31 Kansas City, MO Kansas City Power & Light District
Tue 11/13 Banff, Alberta Wild Bills Saloon
Thu 12/3 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Fri 12/4 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release of the brand new MASTEDON album “3” on November 6th 2009.
Mastedon is the Hard Rock band put together by ex KANSAS singer John Elefante, together with his brother Dino in the late 80’s. The band’s name was a pachyderm-inspired reference to the brothers’ last name. Although John was an accomplished vocalist and performer, the first two Mastedon albums featured multiple lead singers and performances by other artists, creating an eclectic sound anchored by John’s songwriting. His brother Dino played a prominent role, contributing songwriting and handling most of the guitar work. Some of the collaborators in the band’s first two albums were Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Stef Burns (Y&T), bassists John Pierce (Richard Marx) and John Patitucci plus guest vocalists David Pack (Ambrosia), David Robbins (X-Sinner), Tom Bowes (Tower of Power), James Dean Longacre (Life9) and Perry Lee (Tracer Fox).
In 1996 John Elefante started a solo career that brought him to release three successful albums more in the Adult Contemporary – Pop Rock vein. After a few years of hiatus, John decided to go back to his roots sound with a brand new Mastedon album that – contrary to the predecessors – would only feature his amazing lead vocals. Musically, the new album, simply entitled “3” harkens back to the best of Mastedon and to his work with Kansas. None other than main Kansas songwriter Kerry Livgren appears on lead guitar on this new release, collaborating on a 11 minute piece of music that any Kansas fan will surely love! More famed musicians and such as Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Anthony Sallee (Whiteheart), Dan Needham (Michael McDonald, Neville Brothers, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks etc) and of course John’s brother Dino Elefante contribute to the performance of this superb new release.
Rich melodic harmonies and melodies are the keys to a Mastedon record and “3” is clearly an instant winner in all its moments and will remain as an hallmark in John Elefante’s career for many years to come.
Final tracklisting of “3” includes: Revolution of Mind; Slay Your Demons; Nowhere Without Your Love; One Day Down By The Lake (See You Real Soon); Water Into Wine (Fassa Rokka), Questions (It’s About Time); You Can’t Take Anything; Lying; The Western World; That’s What You Do; Dust In the Wind (exclusive bonus track).
As a companion to this new release, Frontiers managed to acquire the rights for the re-release of Mastedon’s legendary debut album “It’s a Jungle Out There!”. Released originally in 1989, it charted at #25 in the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian chart. To this day, this album is still considered classics in the genre and has reached some amazing prices in the trades on E-bay. Frontiers new reissue includes full lyrics and three bonus tracks “Wasn’t It Love” (from the compilation “California Metal”) and live versions of “Islands In The Sky” and “Right Hand” recorded live at Cornerstone in 1991. Full tracklisting is below:
It’s A Jungle Out There; Glory Bound; This Is The Day; Love Inhalation; Islands In The Sky; Get Up; Love That Will Survive; Innocent Girl; Shine On; Right Hand; Wasn’t It Love *; Islands In The Sky (Live at Cornerstone ’91)*; Right Hand (Live at Cornerstone ’91)*
* Bonus tracks
“The Hottest Band In The Land” Kiss is back with their first new studio album in 11 years. After two very disappointing albums in the late nineties, “Carnival of Souls” and “Psycho Circus”, a lot of fans were left thinking the band was through; with studio albums anyways. But seriously folks, did you really think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley would let Kiss go out with a huge stinking thud?? I think not! “Sonic Boom” is everything the Kiss Army has been clamoring for years to hear, which is a step back to the sound of such Kiss classics “Destroyer” and “Rock and Roll Over” and the guys do not disappoint in the lest bit.
Admittedly I was not crazy about the album’s lead off “Modern Day Delilah” at first listen or even the second go around, but after a few listens it has started growing on me, which in my opinion is the best way to go. Paul Stanley sounds great, he can still seduce your mom out of her panties and she wouldn’t have a clue it was happening until it was too late. One thing I had forgotten over the years is that Gene Simmons can actually play bass and play it pretty damn good; here he lays down some nice thumping bass lines. After years on the sidelines Tommy Thayer finally gets a little of the spot light to shine on him and he makes the most of it showing the world he is a disciple of Ace Frehley, without stepping all over Ace’s legacy. On “Russian Roulette” Gene takes over the vocals and as usual it is a slow dirty innuendo laden song that Gene sings to perfection, while also laying down more heavy thumping bass lines, classic sing a long chorus, one of the early surprises on the album. “Never Enough” screams single and rightly so as it is one of the best songs Kiss has recorded in years. They could throw this song into the live show and it would fit right in without missing a beat, definitely a new Kiss classic. “Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect)” sounds like it could’ve been taken from the “Destroyer” or “Love Gun” recording sessions, great 70’s feel to it, this may actually be the best Gene Simmons song I’ve heard. “Stand” is yet another anthem with a late 80’s/early 90’s feel to it. Not the best song on the album but still better than 90% of the songs bands are releasing today. All I really need to say about “Hot & Cold” is COW-BELL COW-BELL COW-BELL!!! Honestly Gene has really surprised me with how good his vocals sound on this album.
Of Course, I couldn’t get through this review without mentioning Eric Singer and while his drumming is phenomenal throughout the album it is when he steps up to the mike on “All For The Glory” that he really shines, the sound reminds me of “Creatures of the Night” or maybe “Lick It Up”. “Danger Us” and “I’m An Animal” borrow some influence from Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin respectively, but Paul and Gene borrow with style. “When Lightning Strikes” marks the return of the COW-BELL and if you hear a little Black N’ Blue in the song then it should not surprise you that Tommy Thayer has stepped up to the mike and absolutely knocks this song out of the park!! “When Lightning Strikes” goes with “Never Enough” as my two favorite songs off “Sonic Boom”. The album wraps up with “Say Yeah” and with that I can say yeah to quite a few things about “Sonic Boom”. Yeah “Sonic Boom” is a kick ass ride from beginning to end. Yeah Tommy Thayer finally gets some of the attention he has earned and deserved over the years. Yeah “Sonic Boom” is the best Kiss album in years. Yeah it is possible “Sonic Boom” is Kiss’s best album since the mid 70’s. Yeah it definitely deserves a spot alongside “Destroyer”, “Rock and Roll Over”, and “Love Gun” as a Kiss classic, because that is simply what it is.
Rating: Out of 10
- Modern Day Delilah
- Russian Roulette
- Never Enough
- Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect)
- Hot And Cold
- All For The Glory
- Danger Us
- I’m An Animal
- When Lightning Strikes
- Say Yeah!
Paul Stanley – Vocals, Rhythm guitar
Gene Simmons – Vocals, Bass guitar
Eric Singer – Vocals, Drums
Tommy Thayer – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Lzzy Hale and Halestorm may be the next big band on the rock scene. Lzzy Hale definitely has the voice to take her band to the next level. Check out Halestorm’s video “I Get Off” as well as the live clip of the Halestorm’s drum solo.